ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Group Show - SOMArts Cultural Center - May 1st - May 27th <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" data-gt="{" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=160100984001483&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D">API Cultural Center- San Francisco</a>&nbsp;teams up with independent curatorial team David de Rozas and Alex Wang to present its spring exhibition, <em><strong>ONE IN WHICH WE ARE</strong></em>, as the kickoff event of its 18th annual United States of Asian America Festival: Sparking Light.<br /><br />Featuring a special performance by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" data-gt="{" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=485225538167957&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D">NAKA (Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Theater)</a>&nbsp;with excerpts from The Anastasio Project at 8pm.<br /><br /><strong>ABOUT THE EXHIBIT</strong><br />The visual arts exhibition explores the complex interdependencies between structures, processes, events, and the collective individual. Conceived as a relational map of reflections and experiences, the group exhibition brings forth inquiries surrounding individual positionalities and collective responsibilities. Through video works, painting, sculpture, photography and performance, artists of various backgrounds from the Bay Area and beyond explore personal and social wounds as collective attachments from where we may interpret and embrace our daily lives.<br /><br /><em>All events are free and open to the public.</em></p> <p><br /><strong>FEATURED ARTISTS</strong><br /><br /><br /><strong>SPONSORED BY</strong><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow" data-gt="{" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=46550221389&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D">Rainbow Grocery</a><br /><a href="" rel="nofollow" data-gt="{" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=14810979497&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D">SOMArts Cultural Center</a><br /><br /><br />This program is funded by&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" data-gt="{" data-hovercard="/ajax/hovercard/page.php?id=54097108511&amp;extragetparams=%7B%22directed_target_id%22%3A0%7D">San Francisco Arts Commission</a>, Grants for the Arts,&nbsp;and The Zellerbach Family Foundation.</p> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:58:05 +0000 Samanha Bittman - Johansson Projects - May 1st - July 4th <p>In&nbsp;<em>Material Data</em>,&nbsp;Samantha Bittman&nbsp;presents a new body of work including a series of paintings on handwoven textiles, custom digitally printed wallpaper, and a handmade tile floor sculpture. In Bittman&rsquo;s visual world, the structuring and processing of individual parts generate a mutually dependent relationship between image and object, while simultaneously conjuring formal and conceptual parallels across media.</p> <p>In her paintings Bittman exploits the limitations of the basic floor loom.&nbsp; By designing and executing weave drafts, which consist of simple sets of numerically based instructions; she generates woven cloth whereby the architecture of the weave interlacements and the graphics of the cloth are one in the same.</p> <p>Once stretched over traditional painting stretcher bars, the textile patterns, which often become distorted by the act of stretching, direct and dictate the painted surface.&nbsp; These moves are both intuitive and logical.&nbsp; In several works, the weave graphics are replicated precisely in paint, negating the materiality of the textile in favor of the pictorial aspects of the cloth. In other instances, selectively painted areas merge with their underlying textile support, further flattening the picture plane and perceptually disorienting the viewer.</p> <p>Optically frenetic wallpaper&mdash;a collage of graphic patterns originating from the interlacements in Bittman&rsquo;s paintings&mdash;references the relationship of the woven textile to Photoshop pixels, as well as the influence of weaving technology on the development of modern computing.</p> <p>Bittman&rsquo;s handmade tile floor sculpture is another example of tangible data organized into a meaningful whole.&nbsp; Each tile represents a bit of information, laid out as a traditional textile houndstooth pattern.&nbsp; In weaving, the houndstooth motif is created by a combination of simple color striping of the warp and weft along with the woven structure itself.&nbsp; This pattern is often also found in her paintings.</p> <p>Samantha Bittman lives and works in Chicago, IL. Bittman received her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004 and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Bittman also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2011. Recent solo exhibitions include, Razzle Dazzle at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Number Cruncher at Longhouse Projects, New York, NY; and&nbsp;<em>Soft Counting</em>, at Greenpoint Terminal, Brooklyn, NY. She has been included in recent group exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY; David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL; Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and Paris London Hong Kong, Chicago, IL.&nbsp; Her work has been exhibited at art fairs in Miami, Mexico City, and Chicago. She is included in numerous private and public collections.</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 22:47:51 +0000 - Sculpturesite Gallery --> is MOVING! - May 15th 10:30 AM - 5:30 AM <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: large;"><strong>JOIN US!</strong></span></p> <p><span style="font-size: medium;">We will be openning Friday, May 15th at our new location in Glen Ellen:&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: medium;">at Jack London Village</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">14301 Arnold Drive Suite 8</span><br /><span style="font-size: medium;">Glen Ellen, CA 95442</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">Our new hours will be:<br />Thu-Fri-Sat-Sun-Mon (closed Tue-Wed), 10:30am - 5:30pm</span></p> <p style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: medium;">And available via email and phone 7 days a week:<br /> -or- (707) 933-1300<br /></span></p> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:51:04 +0000 Celia Reisman - Paul Thiebaud Gallery (SF) - May 5th - June 13th <p>The Paul Thiebaud Gallery is pleased to present its second show in San Francisco of realist landscape paintings by Philadelphia and San Diego-based artist, Celia Reisman. Opening on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Celia Reisman: Recent paintings will be on view through Saturday, June 13, 2015.</p> <p>Reisman is moved by the overlooked, ordinary places we inhabit.&nbsp; Her realist landscape paintings, recalling the style of the American Regionalist painters, Thomas Hart Benton in particular, develop from observation, memory and her fascination with geometry and structure.&nbsp; Though she observes and records directly from nature and life&mdash;as illustrated in the accompanying studies on paper for several of the paintings on canvas included in the show&mdash;her renderings are not naturalistic.&nbsp; She is not focused on representing color and perspective as it exists in actuality, but on interpreting them through the use of vibrant hues and flattened perspective.</p> <p>As she explains, &ldquo;Things are complex to me, and I have tried to order the images into a clear world that we all recognize, even with its contradictions.&nbsp; Sometimes the trees don't obey the seasons and hills don't sit in the right location, but I try to use nature to create a picture that feels right for me and reminds me of the place that was the original inspiration for the picture.&rdquo;</p> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:50:43 +0000 Gail Tarantino - fouladi projects - April 28th - June 5th <p>Fouladi Projects is very pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings on canvas and paper by Bay Area artist, Gail Tarantino. In this newest series, Tarantino continues to explore her fascination with the ways in which language is perceived and constructs an innovative method of utilizing words as material for her art practice. The works in &ldquo;Hand Written&rdquo; are inspired by letters of appreciation she has composed to a handful of scientists, naturalists and curiosity seekers. Each letter of every word from her penned missives are then translated into a colored dot, and an abstracted version is created. The paintings remain reminiscent of the familiar format of handwritten letters, but the textual content has been replaced by undecipherable yet deeply satisfying visual poetry.</p> <p>&nbsp;Gail Tarantino is an artist who works fluidly in many mediums, focusing primarily on painting, printmaking, and photography. She is also a committed and inspiring children&rsquo;s art educator. She lives and works in Emeryville, CA.</p> <p>&nbsp;Exhibition runs May 1<sup>st</sup> &ndash; June 5<sup>th</sup>, 2015.</p> <p>For more information and/or images contact&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;Fouladi Projects 1803 Market St.&nbsp; San Francisco, CA 94103</p> <p>415-621-2535 &nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 21:18:06 +0000 Jenifer K. Wofford, Eliza Barrios, Michael Arcega, CeCe Carpio, Lordy Rodriguez. - Asian Art Museum - May 21st 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Drawing its title from a painting by the late Carlos Villa, this roundtable conversation will ruminate on the aesthetics and ethics of contemporary Filipino American art in the Bay Area. As one of the first sites of Filipino settlement in the United States&mdash;and a place where Filipinos have long fought to remain&mdash;San Francisco is an unusually fertile ground for Filipino/American artists and performers to hone and exhibit their craft.</p> <p>From the fight to save the International Hotel (an SRO housing elderly Filipino and Chinese men) from demolition in the 1970s, to the ongoing crises in housing and higher education, Filipino American cultural workers have continued to play a central role in inciting social change in the city. The methods and forms through which they do that, however, have taken very different form from what is generally understood as the genre of &ldquo;protest art.&rdquo; In bringing together a small group of San Francisco-based artists, art educators, and cultural workers, we will consider the state of art making in the city and discuss how new directions in Filipino American art are redefining notions of identity and community across the canvas, in the black box and in the streets.&nbsp;</p> <p>This program is organized and moderated by Thea Quiray Tagle, in conversation with artists Jenifer K. Wofford, Eliza Barrios, Michael Arcega, Cece Carpio and Lordy Rodriguez.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:39:27 +0000 Mildred Howard, Don Farnsworth - Richmond Art Center - April 19th 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM <p>Come to view MILDRED HOWARD : SPIRIT &amp; MATTER and then stay to hear DON FARNSWORTH and MILDRED HOWARD in dialogue!</p> <p>Don Farnsworth of Magnolia Editions will speak with Mildred Howard about their working process in innovative printmaking projects.</p> Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:34:49 +0000 - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - May 31st - October 31st <p>Sophia Allison and Leanne Lee: Passage<br /><br />ICA Front Windows<br /><br />May 31st to October 31st<br /><br />Sophia Allison and Leanne Lee: Passage ICA Front Windows Passage by Sophia Allison and Leanne Lee is composed of used coffee filters that have been dried, ironed, color treated and stitched together into organic forms. The artists arrange the forms into clusters to create an installation reminiscent of a floral environment. Allison is known for her paper and textile pieces often inspired by the landscape in her home state of North Carolina and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lee creates highly-detailed paintings that produce multidimensional effects and are poised between painting and sculpture. For Passage, the artists intermixed stained coffee filters and hand-drawn patterns on torn rice paper. In addition to the botanical imagery found in both artists&rsquo; individual oeuvre, the piece references landscapes from Allison&rsquo;s work as well as Korean symbols and motifs common in Lee&rsquo;s work. Passage was originally installed for the Department of Cultural Affairs at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The installation was on view at LAX from 2012 to 2013 as part of the Los Angeles World Airport Art Program. Both artists live and work in Los Angeles. <br /><br />For more information, visit our website:</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 23:04:55 +0000 Lindsay Morris - Rayko Photo Center - May 14th - June 19th <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>RayKo Photography Exhibition</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>Explores the lives of gender-creative children</strong></p> <p align="center"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><em><a href="" rel="nofollow">You Are You</a></em></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong><em>Photographs by Lindsay Morris</em></strong><strong style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>RayKo Photo Center is proud to present the work of Lindsay Morris and celebrate the release of her new monograph.<em>You Are You</em> documents an annual weekend summer camp for gender nonconforming children and their families. This camp offers a temporary safe haven where children can freely express their interpretations of gender alongside their parents and siblings without feeling the need to look over their shoulders.</p> <p>In 2007 Lindsay Morris&nbsp;started attending camp with a loved one. It was with a great deal of courage in 2012, that the camp parents and children agreed to have selected images published as the cover story of the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">New York Times Magazine</a>. This started what we all agreed was a very important and timely dialogue in a public forum. Since then this story has been published in France, Italy, Germany, Israel, Australia and Eastern Europe, demonstrating a global interest in the predicament of gender-independent youth.&nbsp;</p> <p>By sharing this unique story, Morris intends to reach beyond the confines of the camp to contribute to a dialogue about the crucial role that support plays in the lives of gender-creative children. A lack of understanding of gender identity and the ways in which these children express themselves often leads to discrimination. Through these images the viewer will experience something different: a groundbreaking, heart-opening place that serves as the backdrop for this important moment in history. Where the first gender creative childhood is being freely expressed.</p> <p>Come meet Lindsay Morris on May 14<sup>th</sup> at RayKo Photo Center and see her truly moving photographs and be one of the first to get a signed copy of her newly released monograph, <em>You Are You</em>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About RayKo</strong></p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery</strong>&nbsp;is a comprehensive photographic facility, located near the Yerba Buena Arts District, with resources for anyone with a passion for photography. Established in the early 1990&rsquo;s, RayKo Photo Center has grown to become one of San Francisco&rsquo;s most beloved photography darkroom spaces; it includes traditional b&amp;w, color and alternative process labs as well as a state-of-the-art digital department, a professional rental studio, galleries, and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace &ndash; a retail space promoting the work of regional artists. RayKo also has San Francisco&rsquo;s 1<sup>st&nbsp;</sup>Art*O*Mat vending machine and a vintage 1947 black &amp; white Auto-Photo Booth and a retail store that sells all types of used film cameras, from view cameras to Leicas to a build-your-own Nikon station. Everything you need to make any type of photograph!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Gallery</strong>&nbsp;serves to advance public appreciation of photography and create opportunities for regional, national and international artists to create and present their work. RayKo Gallery offers 1600 square feet of exhibition space and the Photographer&rsquo;s Marketplace, which encourages the collection of artwork by making it accessible to collectors of all levels.&nbsp;RayKo also has an artist-in-residence program to further support artists in the development of their photographic projects and ideas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>RayKo Photo Center &amp; Gallery </strong></p> <p>428 Third Street</p> <p>San Francisco, CA 94107</p> <p>415-495-3773 (ph)</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>Tuesday-Thursday: 10-10 pm, Friday-Sunday: 10-8 pm, Monday: closed</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:50:42 +0000 - San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) - May 1st 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p>San Diego-based artist Margaret Noble creates interdisciplinary work including sound, sculpture, installation and performance art. Her workexplores themes such as memory, dream, history, science fiction, identity and semiotics.<br />&nbsp;<br />For ICA Live! on Friday, May 1, Noble will present three sound sculptures with which visitors are invited to interact. To make the pieces, Noble used a filing box filled with index cards rigged with individual audio; an old leather suitcase with interior compartments that emit sound when uncovered; and a hand-activated music box - each of which Noble has fashioned into what she calls &ldquo;resonating objects.&rdquo; By cranking knobs, lifting lids, and pressing buttons, the objects will produce various sounds. &ldquo;I use found objects, construct new objects and design sounds to activate spaces, reference history and pose questions about perception,&rdquo; says Noble.<br />&nbsp;<br />Noble received an MFA in Sound Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Philosophy from University of California, San Diego. Her solo exhibitions have been featured at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and Ohrenloch der Ge&auml;uschladen Sound Gallery in Berlin. In 2014, Noble was awarded first place in the Musicworks Magazine electronic music composition competition.</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:37:08 +0000 ben venom - Ever Gold Gallery - May 7th - June 6th <p>Ever Gold Gallery is proud to present Let&rsquo;s Go All The Way, an exhibition of new textile works by Ben Venom. Let&rsquo;s Go All The Way is the artist&rsquo;s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Working with repurposed materials, Venom combines the often menacing and combative countercultural imagery of biker gangs, metal music and the occult with the comforts of domesticity in a series of quilts and textile-based works. Through this collision of traditional quilting techniques and aesthetics tied to the fringes of society, Venom re-envisions the narrative of contemporary materials and examines the possibility for a new interpretation of American folk craft.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In this new body of work, Venom includes an experimental selection of materials, incorporating goatskin, bandanas, and canvas alongside his staple heavy metal t-shirts. Soaring eagles, charging tigers, and bloodstained knives confront the viewer in five large works, pushing these over-the-top icons and themes into a larger than life experience. Works like Once Bitten Twice Shy playfully reference 1980s metal culture with its white denim and leather construction, while Iron Fist places viewers face to face with predatory forces. It&rsquo;s time to place your bets&hellip; Aces High!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. He has recently exhibited at the National Folk Museum of Korea (Seoul), the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles), Jonathan LeVine Gallery (New York), Charlotte Fogh Gallery (Denmark), Circle Culture Gallery (Germany), Wolverhampton Gallery (England), and the Craft and Folk Art Museum (Los Angeles). His work was included in the November 2011 issue of Artforum Magazine, and he was selected for Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. He has been interviewed on NPR: All Things Considered, the Frame, and Creative Mojo Radio. Venom has lectured at the California College of Arts, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Southern Graphics Council, and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. During May 2015, Venom will be the artist in residence at San Francisco&rsquo;s de Young Museum. He is currently adjunct faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Forthcoming Exhibitions:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>de Young Museum Artist in Residence</p> <p>Found / Made curated by Roderick Kiracofe at San Jose Quilt Museum: July 11-November 1, 2015</p> <p>Piece of Mind solo exhibition at Levi Strauss Museum in Buttenheim, Germany: July 25</p> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 19:36:19 +0000 Monir Farmanfarmaian - Haines Gallery - May 7th - June 27th <p class="p1">Haines Gallery is pleased to present <em>Based on the Hexagon: The Recent Drawings of Monir Farmanfarmaian</em>, the artist&rsquo;s second solo exhibition on the West Coast. The show is being held concurrently with Farmanfarmaian&rsquo;s critically acclaimed retrospective exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (through June 3), which premiered at the Funda&ccedil;&atilde;o de Serralves&ndash;Museu de Arte Contempor&acirc;nea in Porto, Portugal before traveling to New York.</p> <p class="p2">Focusing on Farmanfarmaian&rsquo;s extraordinary works on paper&mdash;many of which use the hexagon as an essential building block&mdash;<em>Based on the Hexagon </em>reveals the artist&rsquo;s bold innovations in this medium, which constitutes a significant contribution to her oeuvre. With their jewel-like surfaces and intricate, interlocking forms, Farmanfarmaian&rsquo;s works on paper combine the sacred geometry of her native Iranian culture with the modernist abstraction of the 20th century. The result is a singular aesthetic fusion of Persian pictorial language and pristine geometry unlike any other. Now in her 90s, Farmanfarmaian continues to create works of dazzling intensity.</p> <p class="p3">&ldquo;For me,&rdquo; Farmanfarmaian has said, &ldquo;everything starts with the hexagon.&rdquo; In the Sufi traditions inflecting Persian art and architecture, the hexagon has many meanings. Its six sides can be representative of the directions: forward, backward, right, left, up and down; as well as the six virtues: generosity, self-discipline, patience, determination, insight and compassion. The hexagon is often the basis for both the floral and geometric patterning in media that range from religious mosaics to woven textiles. The multifaceted nature of the hexagon&rsquo;s symbolism is reflected in the works presented here, produced between 2008 and 2015, which incorporate ink, glitter, colored pencil, carefully cut mirrors, and reverse-glass painting to create kaleidoscopic compositions. Interlocking and concentric circles also figure prominently in some of these pieces, returning us to the foundation of Monir&rsquo;s earliest abstract sculptures from the mid-1970s. At once meditative and dynamic, expressive and analytic, her latest drawings reveal Farmanfarmaian to be at the peak of her career.&nbsp;</p> <p class="p4">&nbsp;As the artist Shirin Neshat has observed, &ldquo;Monir&rsquo;s enduring appeal stems from her ability to navigate and find a balance between traditionalism and the avant-garde, past and present, the rooted and the nomadic. Her art, wisdom, strength, humility, and vigorous energy have earned her a legacy that will continue to prevail over time.&rdquo; The curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has called Farmanfarmaian, &ldquo;A role model for the artist of the twenty-first century.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 14 Apr 2015 23:31:23 +0000